With the support of the James Pantyfedwen Foundation I have been able to further my undergraduate degree in Psychology by studying a Masters’ degree in Clinical and Health Psychology. This Masters’ degree has allowed me to develop my knowledge and practical skills relating to the use of Clinical Psychology within a healthcare setting. The course also provided a number of modules which concentrated on the biological and neurological underpinnings of psychological disorders.
I was very grateful to be able to complete my dissertation project in an online capacity, with the guidance of my dissertation supervisor. For my research project I chose to investigate the effect of an online auditory training programme on the hearing of young adults, with either typical hearing or hearing loss. The research discovered that short term memory and musical ability improved for all participants after auditory training; however, hearing ability only improved for individuals with hearing loss. This may offer an important insight into the possible treatment methods available to individuals suffering with hearing loss. Being able to take part in this research project provided me with invaluable research skills relating to the design and completion of scientific research.
After having gained a distinction in my Masters’ degree, I have been able to secure a job as an Assistant Psychologist with the Hywel Dda Health Board. I would like to thank the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for providing me with the opportunity to further my postgraduate education, which I am very grateful for.